Let's Chat! Complimentary Design Consultation

At Gretchen Berry Design Co we believe that each story is unique and that your invitations should reflect that. Our work is specialized and personally meaningful to you. We collaborate closely with you to create a beautiful and carefully crafted invitation suite that is one-of-a-kind. We get to know you and your story, we learn about your style, your event, and your inspiration.

 

Things we will need to know:

items needed {invite, reply set, accommodation card, etc}

quantity needed {remember addresses not people}

budget {we know....you don't know how much invitations cost but coming with a range of what you are wanting to spend helps us show you the right options for printing and papers and helps us when brainstorming ideas for you}

 

If you have any inspiration pieces you'd like us to see, please feel free to bring them. But please note, we will not recreate any other designer's work. We are happy to look at your inspirations and come up with our own designs based on what you like but we will not copy their work....as we hope our work is not being copied either. 

 

Let's Talk Numbers! Quote + Contract

 After the initial consultation, we will put together a detailed quote based on what we discussed along with our contract.

You will receive this within two weeks after meeting.

Designing will begin once the signed contract and 50% non-refundable deposit it received.

 

The Fun Begins! Design Concepts + Proofing

After receiving your contract and deposit we begin designing your one-of-a-kind invitations. This design phase will take about three weeks.

You will receive 3 design concept ideas via email. Once you decide on the design you like, or a combination of the three, we will put together the full suite and send you 3 complimentary digital proof sets {each additional proof set will be $35}. Revisions take 2-3 business days.

PROOF! PROOF! PROOF!

It is super important that you proof your invitations carefully checking for spellings, dates, numbers, addresses, etc. We are human and mistakes can happen - we spellcheck and proof too, but ultimately it is your responsibility to review.

Invitations will not be sent to print without final approval and signed proof.

 

Let The Presses Roll! Printing + Productions

After approval, files will be sent to print and production will begin. Final payment is due at this time.

Depending on printing method and production this phase takes 3-6 weeks.

If we are addressing your invitation envelopes, this is a good time for us to work on formatting and proofing your address list so there is no delay on receiving your invitations. Let us know if you'd like us to address and we will send you our addressing handbook which will guide you through how we need to receive your list and also help with addressing etiquette.

 

They're Yours! Shipping + Delivery

We offer various options to get your invitations to you.

You may pick up at our studio, we can courier to you, or we can ship to you anywhere in the world. Courier and shipping fees are additional.

Please note no invitations will be shipped or delivered without being paid in full. 

 

We also offer "Stamp, Stuff and Send" services. Please ask to see our addressing handbook for details on this service.

 

Now that the invitations are done let's start your day of items!

 

FAQ! Your've Got Questions + We've Got Answers

HOW MUCH DO INVITATIONS COST?

Every invitation suite we create is one-of-a-kind therefore all invitations are priced differently depending on the printing process, the paper chosen, the items needed, the quantity and the scope of the design. After meeting with you, we put together a detailed quote based on your needs and your design wishes. If there is a budget you would like to work within please let us know and we would be happy to design a suite that works for you. Depending on project our average minimum begins at $1500.

TYPES OF PRINTING WE OFFER:

flat printing  //  foil stamping  //  letterpress  //  engraving  //  thermography  //  laser cutting  //  screen printing

TYPES OF PAPER WE OFFER:

A variety of paper stock varying in color, weight and texture can be chosen depending on the projects. We can also print on other materials such as wood, plastic, metal, acrylic, fabric and more.

WHAT ELSE DO WE OFFER:

Besides save the dates, invitations and accessories pieces we also offer day of items and styling such as welcome kits, programs, escort cards, seating charts, menus, signage, napkins, site sticks, coasters, drink flags, matches, thank you notes, and so much more.

If there is anything you have in mind please ask, because more than likely we can produce it for you...if we can do custom toilet paper, we can do just about anything.

PRINTING AND PRODUCTION:

It is important to understand that all papers and printing methods are different. A color will look different if printed digitally vs letterpress - it will look different if printed on smooth stock vs cotton stock. We are happy to steer you in the right direction if you are worried about what will look best. But please note that there are variations in all materials. 

TIMING:

Because every invitation is designed from scratch we prefer to start the design process 6-8 months before your event.

Rush jobs are available and rush fees will apply to any design needed within 6 weeks of mail date or 3 months before event. 

WORDING:

GBDC prides ourself on our etiquette knowledge. We have extensive background when it comes to the etiquette of wording an invitation or addressing an envelope. We are happy to assist in figuring out the best wording options for you, whether it be formal or causal.

WORKING TOGETHER:

GBDC is located in Minnesota but works with clients all around the world. If we can't meet in person, we are happy to chat with you on the phone, Skype or via email. We can send samples to you so you can touch, feel and see papers and printing. You are never too far to be a GBDC client! 

ADDRESSING:

A perfect way to finish off your amazing invitations is with our addressing services. We print each of you guest's information on the envelope, matching the style and color of your invitations. If you want a hand calligraphy, we can help with that too. Please inquire with us for pricing and to receive our addressing handbook.

STAMP, STUFF, SEND:

Don't want to stamp, stuff and send your invitations....GBDC will be happy to help. We take care of picking up stamps, stuffing envelopes to your guests and dropping them off at the post office. If you'd like this full-service option, please inquire with us for pricing and to receive our addressing handbook.

PAYMENTS:

We accept checks, credit cards, and bank transfers. Credit card and bank transfer payments can be made online directly from our invoices. Checks can be mailed to 4100 Salem Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Please note, checks and bank transfers will incur fees for any returned checks.

All deposits are non-refundable. Final payments are due at time of approval and will stop production if not received. There are no refunds on custom items.

ERRORS:

It is very important that you are proofing your invitations carefully - checking for spellings, dates, times, addresses, phone numbers, etc. We also proof in-house but ultimately the responsibility is yours. So please have multiple eyes looking over your proofs. Any errors found after approval will incur charges to fix. 

If anything is not right with your order once you receive it - please notify us within 48 hours.